ZapThink Announces Major Update to Popular SOA Implementation Roadmap Poster
ZapThink, the industry’s foremost experts, advisers, and educators in the field of Service-Oriented Architecture, is responding to customer demand with today’s publication of the third version of its popular “ZapThink SOA Implementation Roadmap” poster. The company distributed over 100,000 copies of its first two versions of the poster, the first in 2003 and then updated in 2005. The latest version adds cutting-edge thought leadership in SOA, includes detail on architectural artifacts, and expands coverage of SOA Quality, Enterprise Mashups, and more.   Read more at: Emediawire…

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SOA Glossary
As a reference for our subscribers and advisory clients, ZapThink has assembled this glossary of terms related to Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA). ZapThink defines and uses these terms in its research, advisory practice, as well as in its Licensed ZapThink Architect (LZA) curriculum. This list is not meant to be fully comprehensive. Rather, these are terms represent key concepts that ZapThink has a particular take on. If a term does not appear on this list, ZapThink is happy to point clients to broadly available definition of the term. The terms included here fall into these categories: terminology related to Services, architecture, infrastructure, governance, and process.

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Forensic SOA
One surprising but intriguing sign that Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) is finally entering the mainstream is the increasing number of lawsuits over the perceived failure of SOA implementations. Here’s the scenario: enterprise hires large consulting firm to implement SOA. Large consulting firm uses their small handful of SOA experts to sell the deal, but brings in the large team of wet-behind-the-ear college grads to do the design as well as the implementation. Enterprise is unhappy with the result, and sues consulting firm, claiming they paid for SOA, but didn’t get it. The reason ZapThink is tuned into this trend is actually quite fascinating: needless to say, the lawyers for the plaintiffs need someone who can step in as expert witnesses and say definitively what SOA is, and more importantly, what it is not. And where better to turn than ZapThink? Believe it or not, this is a growing part of…

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Intelliun: Model-Driven Development for Service-Oriented Business Applications
Taking a model-driven approach to implementing and representing Services is a core Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) best practice. The central technical challenge of SOA is building and maintaining the business Service abstraction, and maintaining that abstraction relies upon creating and maintaining the Service model. Ideally, organizations should be able to use the Service model to create working implementations of the underlying Services, as well as for representing the composition of those Services into Service-Oriented Business Applications. Intelliun’s model-driven approach to Service development supports this vision for the Service model. Intelliun helps to transition firms that have well-developed, but entrenched experience in traditional software development to a Service-oriented approach that can help companies achieve the agility benefits they so desire. Intelliun’s VE Software Platform’s model-driven approach follows an important SOA best practice.[hide -1]Download File[/hide][hide +0]Register to Access this Document[/hide]…

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Building Data-Rich SOBAs in a Heterogeneous Environment
The importance of the Data Services Layer for SOA, Service-Oriented Business Applications (SOBAs), and Service Consumers. Also explores the notion of Enterprise Mashups from the data perspective. Delivered at DataDirect’s Architect Tutorial series in April – May, 2008. 34-slide PowerPoint in pdf format.[hide -2]Download File[/hide][hide +1]Subscribe Today to Get Access![/hide]…

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SOA 101
Updated introduction to SOA for an insurance industry client. Covers SOA basics, SOA vs. Web Services, SOA views, SOA challenges, and a case study. 58 slide PowerPoint in pdf format.[hide -1]Download File[/hide][hide +0]Register to Access this Document[/hide]…

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IDV Solutions: Location-based Data Mashups for Microsoft SharePoint
Combine rich user interface capabilities, deep location-based information, and the power and breadth of the Microsoft SharePoint portal environment, and you have a clear value proposition for IDV Solutions’ Visual Fusion Suite. Visual Fusion Suite provides an environment for creating data-based enterprise mashups that combine diverse data sources by leveraging a location-based metaphor. As so many diverse enterprise information needs rely upon location, IDV Solutions is able to offer a broad range of capabilities to enterprises and government organizations worldwide.[hide -1]Download File[/hide][hide +0]Register to Access this Document[/hide]…

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ZapThink’s Practical SOA New York/New Jersey Event Focuses on Best Practices, Case Studies from Finance, Insurance, Pharma, and Media Industries
(PRLEAP.COM) BALTIMORE, MD, February 27, 2008 – ZapThink announces today its upcoming Practical Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) New York / New Jersey conference in Newark, NJ featuring speakers, best practices, case studies, and lessons learned on the finance, pharmaceuticals, health care, insurance, and media industries in Newark, New Jersey on March 25, 2008. The Practical SOA event series is targeted at companies and individuals looking for practical business case studies and value propositions for SOA, those who want to learn the latest best practices for making SOA a success, those looking to hear from successful architects about their SOA efforts, want to learn from peers about what it takes to put together a successful SOA, and/or want to take their SOA efforts to the next level. “Companies are tired of all the hype surrounding Web Services and SOA, and are finding it difficult to learn what they really need to know…

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Simplifying SOA
Enterprises around the world are increasingly pursuing the core business benefits of Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA)–business agility, reduction in integration expense, greater asset reuse, and improved business visibility. And yet, many large organizations are running into roadblocks with their heavyweight, enterprise-wide SOA initiatives. As an alternative, many organizations are finding a “right weight,” step-by-step approach to SOA is more effective and lowers risk as well. Such right weight approaches focus on departmental projects that leverage solutions like those from Active Endpoints that pull together Service creation, management, testing, and composition in a straightforward, “all you need and nothing more” environment that focuses on quick value without heavy skills or infrastructure requirements.[hide -1]Download File[/hide][hide +0]Register to Access this Document[/hide]…

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